The Science of Algal Fuels

Phycology, Geology, Biophotonics, Genomics and Nanotechnology

  • Richard Gordon
  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Methods and Ways of Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Gordon, Bryan J. Poulin
      Pages 3-20
    3. Faruq Ahmed, Yan Li, Peer M. Schenk
      Pages 21-41
    4. Amit Kumar Bajhaiya, M. R. Suseela, P. W. Ramteke
      Pages 43-62
    5. Poonam Bhargava, Krishna Mohan Medicherla
      Pages 63-81
    6. John G. Day, Michele S. Stanley
      Pages 101-129
    7. Jesse C. McNichol, Patrick J. McGinn
      Pages 131-146
    8. Mrunalini V. Pattarkine, Vikram M. Pattarkine
      Pages 147-163
    9. Vikram M. Pattarkine, Dheeban Chakravarthi Kannan
      Pages 165-175
    10. Christopher J. Rhodes
      Pages 177-192
    11. Moran Topf, Mordechai Tavassi, Yael Kinel-Tahan, David Iluz, Zvy Dubinsky, Yaron Yehoshua
      Pages 193-214
    12. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Savindra Kumar, Geetanjali Elangbam, Salam Sonia Devi
      Pages 215-230
  3. Production of Biodiesels and Hydrogen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Claudio Fuentes Grünewald
      Pages 233-254
    3. Rafael Riosmena Rodriguez, Bertha Olivia Arredondo-Vega, Teodoro Reynoso Granados, Miguel Cordoba, Juan Manuel López Vivas, Jorge Manuel Lopez-Calderon
      Pages 269-282
    4. Angela Machado Rocha, Dinabandhu Sahoo, Tiago Ferrer, Cristina Quintella, Ednildo Torres
      Pages 283-303
    5. Giuseppe Torzillo, Cecilia Faraloni, Luca Giannelli
      Pages 305-320
  4. Algae for Biofuel Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Victor A. Chepurnov, Peter Chaerle, Koen Vanhoutte, David G. Mann
      Pages 323-340
    3. Ariel Reznik, Alvaro Israel
      Pages 341-354
    4. Sunil Kumar Shukla, Rahul Mohan
      Pages 355-382
    5. Kristian Spilling, Jukka Seppälä
      Pages 383-398
    6. Venkataramanan Subramanian, Alexandra Dubini, Michael Seibert
      Pages 399-422
  5. From Waste Water to Fuel Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
    2. Rupert J. Craggs, Tryg Lundquist, John Benemann
      Pages 425-445
    3. Anju Dahiya, John H. Todd, Anthony McInnis
      Pages 447-466
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 495-506

About this book


This volume covers and updates the “hot” topic of biofuels, with numerous international meetings, conferences, congresses, and books on biofuels. Our 61 experts from several countries contributed 26 chapters to The Science of Algal Fuels. Each chapter has been composed as a review article and contains many references for further studies and has been peer reviewed. The target audience of this volume is workers in biofuels, graduate students in biochemistry and lecturers of phycology and biochemistry of the algal world. Algae, seaweeds and cyanobacteria, who are our stars in this book, live in marine and terrestrial habitats and require the Sun for energy, CO2 and aqueous surroundings. Since it is easy to culture algae in a large scale and they yield abundant biomass in a short period, there are farms that grow them in ponds for extracting their natural products. Micro and macro (seaweeds) can produce cheap and plentiful biofuel, biodiesel, or ethanol. The phycological yield to synthesize ethanol is 7.5 times higher than from a similar area of a sugar cane field. Biofuel (such as algal products) may soon be cheaper than the commercial pumping of underground and sea bottom fossil-oil, which causes more air pollution and depends upon political decisions from unstable countries. Industry seeks cheaper and more stable sources of fuel and algal fuel might be a good solution. Thus biofuel (biodiesel, oils, ethanol) might free us from unstable regimes with their “dark gold” sources, and from up and down oil prices. Unfortunately we have not yet reached this level as yet in spite of numerous contestants in this developing research. The industry is at present not in full gear to produce a substantial yield of biofuel from algae. Algal fuel is still a long range of strategy that will involve more R&D.  Our hope is that this book will encourage the workers in this field to reach this “promised land” of algal biofuels in the not too distant future.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Gordon
    • 1
  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 2
  1. 1.Gulf Specimen Marine LaboratoryPanaceaUSA
  2. 2.University of JerusalemEfratIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5109-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5110-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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